2016-02-19: Places To Go In The West

Once we move to Seattle, we probably won’t have much reason to come east again. Therefore, it might be worthwhile to make a list of places to see and things to do between here and Seattle.

  1. Des Moines, Iowa – If I discover any genealogically interesting facts in Iowa (Harry Gant was born there in 1881), stop to see records, etc.
  2. Hastings, Nebraska – John E Gant was a business man and civic leader in Hastings around 1890. Maybe there is something interesting there. Also, his brother (Harry Gant’s uncle) had a homestead (quarter-section?) near there.
  3. Denver, Colorado – The newspaper archives there aren’t available online. There might be something interesting about the Gant family in that area.
  4. Fort Collins, Colorado – The Gants lived there, in town and on a nearby ranch, for many years. There might be something interesting to see or learn from local records. I would let Ken Armstrong know of my visit there, and maybe he would like to come to his grandfather’s old stomping grounds at the same time.
  5. Cheyenne, Wyoming – Gant spent considerable time in Wyoming, especially in connection with Cheyenne Days. There might be something interesting to see there. Also, that area is the setting for Neal’s Story. I’d like to get a basic idea of the lay of the land, the Oregon Trail, etc.
  6. Maple Creek, Saskatchewan – Ken Armstrong’s home. It might be nice to meet him face to face, if we can’t meet in Colorado or Wyoming.
  7. Los Angeles – This could probably wait until after we move, but I would like to examine LA newspaper archives for references to Gant.
  8. Mariposa, California – It would be nice to see Mike Wenrich again.
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